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Sierra Vista in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
1. Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty Marker
Inscription.
301 North Garden Avenue
Built in 1927

The Carmichael House was built by William and Margaret Ziegan Carmichael on 131.05 acres. On December 11, 1911, Margaret, a single woman at the time, purchased the property from John and Ellen Reilly for $8,000. As the years passed, the Carmichael complex grew to include a windmill, water tower, outhouse, garage, and a storage area for tools. Just east of the house was a horse racing track. A vacant house was used as a riding stable. The original house had adobe walls and a hip roof. County records of 1955 indicate that the house was 1,819 square feet with a screened-in porch on three sides. Eventually a bathroom and fourth bedroom were added in the porch area. During storms, everyone gathered in a room located in the center of the house. The large rose bush in front of the house was planted in the 1930s. About 1939 the first deep well was dug just northeast of the house. Prior to that, the Carmichaels used surface water from a shallow well.

William Carmichael died on November 1, 1948. When Margaret Carmichael died in 1961, her nephew, Frank Freihage, became executor of the Carmichael estate. In 1968 Mr. Freihage sold the house to the current owner, Mr. Bob Watkins of Sierra Vista Realty. Margaret Carmichael was a community-minded philanthropist who gave
Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
2. Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty Marker
considerable property away to assist local civic groups, government, and churches. Some of her contributions included land for St. Andrew's Church, Carmichael School, a city hall building, and a library.
 
Erected by Sierra Vista Realty and Sierra Vista Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 33.424′ N, 110° 18.363′ W. Marker is in Sierra Vista, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on North Garden Avenue near Sherbundy Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 North Garden Avenue, Sierra Vista AZ 85635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carmichael General Store/U.S. Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); USO Club / NCO Annex / Army Service Club (approx. mile away); Carmichael Elementary School (approx. 0.6 miles away); La Casita Restaurant (approx. 0.7 miles away); Arizona Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); "Unknown Soldiers" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Union Soldiers Buried in Historic Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); POW/MIA Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sierra Vista.
 
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Close Up of Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
3. Close Up of Photo Displayed on Marker
Photo courtesy of Virginia Sherbundy Rogers
Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 19, 2010
4. Carmichael House/Sierra Vista Realty
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,085 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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